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    Ken Burn's Vietnam series

    I haven't seen the finale episode, but the series is excellent.

    It was 1975 and I was reading a Time magazine in 10th grade english class, Poetry, if I recall correctly,and an upper class girl asked what I was reading. I told her I was reading about the fall of Saigon and she said "I don't know what that was about?". I asked if she knew of anyone in the war and she thought an uncle might have served. She may have spoke for a nation.

    In any case, if you ever visit the Wall in DC, do it on a sunny, spring evening around 6PM. The mall and surrounding area will be filled with young adults playing community league softball, volleyball and soccer. That's how I understand the Wall.

    Since this posting may be found offensive to some, I'll say Peace and I wish you all well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    I haven't seen the finale episode, but the series is excellent.

    It was 1975 and I was reading a Time magazine in 10th grade english class, Poetry, if I recall correctly,and an upper class girl asked what I was reading. I told her I was reading about the fall of Saigon and she said "I don't know what that was about?". I asked if she knew of anyone in the war and she thought an uncle might have served. She may have spoke for a nation.

    In any case, if you ever visit the Wall in DC, do it on a sunny, spring evening around 6PM. The mall and surrounding area will be filled with young adults playing community league softball, volleyball and soccer. That's how I understand the Wall.

    Since this posting may be found offensive to some, I'll say Peace and I wish you all well.
    That was my era. USAF 1966-1972. Stateside and Alaska, radar and electronic warfare. Half my radar class went to SE Asia. I was in the half sent to NORAD. I have found the series both fascinating and disquieting. Long before the series, one TV image burned into my psyche is the view of people hanging from the skids of helicopters as the US abandoned the war and its embassy in Saigon. I am eager to see how that is depicted in the series. That and My Lai.
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    Of more importance: HUGH HEFNER IS DEAD

    It's a sad day for the young males of that era. Most didn't receive the Christmas presents of a subscription to that fine magazine if you were out where the real war was. It went through to many postal clerk's hands to be able to make it. Then it wasn't forwarded to the hospital ward where one got what was left of themselves forwarded. Yes, for those who in their subtle way make fun, once again, of those who actually did serve with honor, and those who paid the price, that WALL stands for something! It does mean a lot.
    The Ken Burn Series, like most V. Vets, isn't watched in this house, as it, and those like it bring back to many friends left there. The film, may it I hope, honor those who paid the price and came home, and those who are on that wall that is taken so lightly both here, and obviously in reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    I haven't seen the finale episode, but the series is excellent.

    It was 1975 and I was reading a Time magazine in 10th grade english class, Poetry, if I recall correctly,and an upper class girl asked what I was reading. I told her I was reading about the fall of Saigon and she said "I don't know what that was about?". I asked if she knew of anyone in the war and she thought an uncle might have served. She may have spoke for a nation.

    In any case, if you ever visit the Wall in DC, do it on a sunny, spring evening around 6PM. The mall and surrounding area will be filled with young adults playing community league softball, volleyball and soccer. That's how I understand the Wall.

    Since this posting may be found offensive to some, I'll say Peace and I wish you all well.
    I need to watch it. I was a kid in the mid 60's. My first recollection was looking at the map of the world on my bedroom wall (National Geographic) and thinking we were fighting China. Since it was as big as the US, I was scared. My mom told me, "no, Vietname is that little country way down there". I thought we would be in and out of there in a year. After getting married and getting our first house, our neighbor commented that the lady behind him lost her son in 1968. Her only son. I was asking about the old Plymouth Fury she had in her garage and my neighbor commented that it was her son's car. Bought it before he went over and he still remembers the day the Marines showed up to tell her the news. And how she ran from the house screaming. And to think of the thousands of families that went through the same thing.

    How absolutely awful........

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    You can watch it here, online, on your schedule.

    http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/watch/

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    I find it hard to believe that someone in high school in 1975 didn't know about the Vietnam war. The draft only ended in 1973 and it had been on the news every night for as long as I could remember.
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    I've got it on a series recording. Will watch it this winter. The weather, and my back yard, is still too nice now.

    I like Burns' work.
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    Draft

    I remember '72 senior year H.S. listening to draft number being called on the radio in class. Luck had it, I had a high number so it was a no go for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisDarrow View Post
    It's a sad day for the young males of that era. Most didn't receive the Christmas presents of a subscription to that fine magazine if you were out where the real war was. It went through to many postal clerk's hands to be able to make it. Then it wasn't forwarded to the hospital ward where one got what was left of themselves forwarded. Yes, for those who in their subtle way make fun, once again, of those who actually did serve with honor, and those who paid the price, that WALL stands for something! It does mean a lot.
    The Ken Burn Series, like most V. Vets, isn't watched in this house, as it, and those like it bring back to many friends left there. The film, may it I hope, honor those who paid the price and came home, and those who are on that wall that is taken so lightly both here, and obviously in reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    I remember '72 senior year H.S. listening to draft number being called on the radio in class. Luck had it, I had a high number so it was a no go for me.
    As I recall, there were relatively few actually inducted in '72, and they were all 19-20 year olds. The last draftees were inducted that December, and the draft officially ended in January '73, though the drawings continued. I never bothered to find out what my number was until tonight. At https://www.sss.gov/About/History-And-Records/lotter1 you can look up your lottery number by birth date, and see when your particular lottery was held. In my case, a 1954 birth year meant that my drawing was held in March, 1973 for potential induction in 1974, if the war had continued. If I'm reading the tables right, no one in the February, 1972 drawing would have been called up before the draft ended - though they could not have known that at the time of the drawing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisDarrow View Post
    It's a sad day for the young males of that era. Most didn't receive the Christmas presents of a subscription to that fine magazine if you were out where the real war was. It went through to many postal clerk's hands to be able to make it. Then it wasn't forwarded to the hospital ward where one got what was left of themselves forwarded. Yes, for those who in their subtle way make fun, once again, of those who actually did serve with honor, and those who paid the price, that WALL stands for something! It does mean a lot.
    The Ken Burn Series, like most V. Vets, isn't watched in this house, as it, and those like it bring back to many friends left there. The film, may it I hope, honor those who paid the price and came home, and those who are on that wall that is taken so lightly both here, and obviously in reality.

    God bless these United States
    We are all welcome to our opinions. I know how I feel when looking at my older brother's name on panel 26W of the wall and remember how my family struggled with the loss.
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    I couldn't make myself watch it. About one sentence from Peter Coyote and it was over to a baseball game.

    Politics then make today's divisions look like child's play and don't care to relive. Only good comments I ever heard were from Colin Powell ... be in it to win it or don't be in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    I couldn't make myself watch it...
    I'm sure that Americans are having the same reaction. Burns' lens is painfully focused on the impact of the War on individuals. I'm finding that viewing it is heavy going.
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    My number was high enough that I wasn't drafted. I saw way too much of that war on the nightly news while it was happening. I won't be watching any more of it.
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    I'm watching the series from the perspective of one who lived through that era while a college student.
    It has brought back all the memories good and bad; the draft hanging over my head ( no lottery then ), the inept Johnson administration, unedited news from the front.
    I was drafted following graduation and did a six year tour in the US Navy submarine service.
    Thanks Ken Burns for the excellent series.
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